Apparently the small village of Wongarbon, Australia is stuck in the year 1968, or at least its community school is. One very angry father recently wrote a letter to the school, asking if there was a rip in the space-time continuum, or whether there was a faulty flux capacitor that needed repair.
It turns out the man’s daughter, named Ruby, left her home in 2017 and attended school in the 1960s. It’s the only conclusion her father could come up with after hearing about the blatant sexism she suffers during her school days. The school recently planed what was called ‘Girls and Boys Day’, which segregated the genders for a day of fun. The girls were to have their hair and makeup done, while the boys would be taken on a field trip to a local hardware store for DIY activities and a BBQ. Talk about gender stereotyping! While the school maintains that either option was open to both genders, Ruby claims she specifically asked to attend the trip to the hardware store, called Bunnings, but was told she could not and that it was only for the boys. Ruby’s father was outraged, and as the father of three girls, he felt he needed to take action. He penned the following epic letter to the school’s principal: The letter read:
“Dear Principal, I must draw your attention to a serious incident which occurred yesterday at your school where my daughter Ruby is a year 6 student. When Ruby left for school yesterday it was 2017 but when she returned home in the afternoon she was from 1968. I know this to be the case as Ruby informed me that the “girls” in Year 6 would be attending the school library to get their hair and make-up done on Monday afternoon while the “boys” are going to Bunnings. Are you able tos earch the school buildings for a rip in the space-time coninuum? Perhaps there is a faulty Flux Capacitor hidden away in the girls toilet block? I look forward to this being rectified and my daughter and others girls at the school being returned to this millenium where schools activities are not divided among gender lives. Sincerely, Stephen Callaghan”
He also took to Twitter to express his frustrations. He says his daughter wants to be an engineer and doesn’t care about makeup. Surely the DIY activities would have been more interesting for her. However, while many people supported Ruby and her father, it turns out plenty of folks were more than happy to stay stuck in 1968. The sexism supporters did not have very good arguments. One simply said there was nothing wrong with gender segregation because she’d prefer the makeup day, while another compared the situation to an episode of South Park. Perhaps what’s more perplexing is why is this Girls and Boys Day is even happening. Why not take everyone to the zoo for a group trip, or plan an inclusive track and field day like most other schools. Furthermore, why is personal grooming only associated with girls while DIY projects are only associated with boys? Boys still need to learn how to tie a necktie, shave, and do their hair, while girls need to know how to do basic home repairs too. The day sends the message to young girls that they only need to look pretty, perhaps to attract the attention of a capable man to help them because they don’t know how, or shouldn’t know how, to fix problems themselves. It also negatively reinforces the belief in young boys that men are always in control, and that women are only supposed to look pretty. In addition, shouldn’t boys feel comfortable to become hairdressers or makeup artists if they so desire? Or must they instead adhere to archaic macho stereotypes? Perhaps the school can get on that rip in the space-time continuum. It’s doing a disservice to everyone who attends. At least let kids be who they are, and stop trying to mold them into people they are not. Girls can change tires and build houses, while boys can style hair and design clothing. In 2017, to think that a person is limited because of their gender is absolutely ridiculous! In honor of Ruby and her dad, check out the video below about a female mechanic in Nashville. She’s hoping to break down gender stereotypes one vehicle at a time. Hey, maybe she could pop over to Austrailia and try to get that faulty flux capacitor repaired!